Tampa festival broadens appeal

The community of Tampa held its third annual Santa Fe Trail Festival Saturday with some new attractions, along with old favorites.

Sponsored by Tampa Pride, one organizer said the group wanted to offer something for everyone.

New activities included the Abilene Gunfighters with two shows during the early afternoon and a quilt show featuring more than 60 quilts.

The oldest quilt on display was made in 1907 by Bertha Bruns and called ?Ocean Waves.?

Cheri Bentz, one of the organizers of the quilt show, said people brought quilts not only from Tampa, but also Herington, Hutchinson, Salina and Hillsboro.

Ethel Kellogg of Hutchinson and Elaine Mueller of Tampa also brought cross-stitched afghans to the show.

The two women said their mother, Guilda Stry, had a 1930 afghan pattern book and in it was a picture of an afghan with roses and lilies, but the page showing cross-stitch instructions was missing so their mother could never make it.

The sisters said the idea of making other afghans interested them because of their beauty and warmth.

After years of searching for instructions, they discovered that a lady in Minnesota had won a national afghan contest with the missing afghan.

Once they located the lady who had made the afghan, they began making lots of them for family members.

A new challenge, according to the sisters, is in finding yarns in the correct colors as yarn makers and yarn shops go out of business.

More than 75 people attended the quilt show and Bentz said the afghan display was a popular stop for visitors.

The Abilene Gunfighters included Wild Bill Hickok and other actors portraying life in the Old West.

More than 50 people attended one of the two shows held on Main Street in Tampa.

Tampa Pride also put together a Medallion Hunt with Kaylee Hall taking first place and $25 in the youth division and Darla Hall, first and $75 in the adult division.

The committee also organized children?s games, mule wagon rides and sidewalk art.

Carla Hajek, one of the organizers, also took part in games that ranged from drop the handkerchief and stick horse races to bubble-blowing contests and spitting sunflower seeds.

Last year?s festival was held Sunday, later in the day and it was colder, but this year, organizers said they moved the event to Saturday and earlier in the day.

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